B.M Art

About Art

Brian's artwork is influenced by the old masters, impressionalists, and contemperoary artisits in coloured pencils.

Brian Mooney was born in Peak Hill, NSW in 1930, then moved to Hay, where he spent his childhood until the outbreak of World War 2. The family then moved to Sydney and in 1953, he studied in Julian Ashtons art school for a year. He began to paint seriously in the 1960s in Melbourne, where he was also very involved in playing Irish and Australian folk music.

In 1965, he travelled to Ireland and stayed twenty-one years in Galway, where he married and raised a family of four sons. During this time, he had a number of successful exhibitions in Galway, and toured Europe and England on eleven occasions singing and playing folk and traditional songs.

Since returning to Australia in 1986 , he has had shows in Melbourne and Tasmania and has recently been invited by the Galway Arts Centre, to exhibit his Irish and Australian paintings during the prestigious Galway Arts Festival.

For more details, see Craft and Art International, Vol. 46, 1999, p70-72.

Brian was a finalist in the inaugural John Glover competition, 2004, and highly commended in The Eskleigh Awards, 1996

Brian appeared on Art Focus, ABC Australia. Press play to view

All images copyright Brian Mooney

Website by C.Mooney 2016

About Me

Name:Brian Mooney


Location:Tasmania, Australia

In the fifties, I worked as a cane cutter, wheat lumper, builders labourer, often working in some of the most remote areas of Queensland in Cape York Peninsula. I have always had twin passions in life,, folk music and painitng. I have been painting now for over 50 years, and have explored many different genres and media in that time. I initially studied at Julian Ashtons art school in Sydney in1953 but didnt really take up painting until 1960. I have lived in Australia and Ireland and have played music in many places throughout the world and painted many different landscapes, portraits, and pub scenes. My work has been published in Craft and Art international and 40 degrees south..


Melbourne:Traynor’s Folk Club 1965

Ireland: Galway 1972

Ireland: Galway 1975

Ireland: Galway 1979

Ireland: Galway 1984

Tasmania: Launceston 1994

Tasmania: Deloraine 1997

Ireland: Galway Arts Fest. 2001

Melbourne: Fitzroy 2005

Tasmania:Launceston (On ABC TV)

Tasmania: Launceston 2015

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Launcestion, Tasmania. Australia



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